Jürgen Klopp responds to Gary Neville

Premier League 2018-19 – Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Preview

Premier League 2018-19 – Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Preview

Former West Ham shot-stopper Shaka Hislop has claimed that Liverpool would be betraying their summer signings if they followed Gary Neville's advice this season.

"We don't play Champions League or what?" said the German, whose side now top the table with a 100 per cent record after four matches and are widely seen as the main challengers to defending champions Manchester City.

Quizzed on Neville's comments during a press conference on Friday, Klopp said: "How should that work?"

"Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that would work".

The modern centre-back at an elite, Champions League club needs to multi-task, capable of playing a high line with the pace and strength to regularly deal with one-on-one situations. That would be amusing!

"We had quite a good session yesterday, couldn't do too much because some of them came off the plane".

Liverpool's league form trailed off towards the end of last season as they went all the way to the final in Kiev, allowing Manchester United to clinch second spot.

"To focus on one competition can only be if you are out, or almost out, or if it's late in the season".

"Last year, for example, we had no chance to focus on one competition because we had to qualify for the Champions League and I don't think that even Gary Neville would have said, "Quarter-finals of the Champions League, let City win".

It will mark the start of an extremely busy period for Klopp's side, with seven matches in 23 days on the horizon, and Klopp admits squad rotation will be required in the coming weeks, although Adam Lallana (groin) and Dejan Lovren (pelvis) remain sidelined. We have to play football.

"Facing up against the likes of PSG, against Napoli and to sit here in September and tell these players to never mind that, I think flies in the face of everything that you sold them on", he concluded.

"I don't know what he means with that, to be honest".

"The thing is it is absolutely no problem". Fabinho is full of desire and wants to be involved and I have to tell him "You're not involved this week" and that's not nice. That is not nice, but it is the job.

"It's an unbelievable build which is going to take time, it's disappointing and we should have a date".

"We have to get on the horse again and we know Liverpool is a big game against a team who have been one of the best this season".

"From my point it is all fine, but I know the situation isn't what some people expected but I can not change that".